PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team's winning streak came to an end with an 86-53 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) loss to host Holy Family Saturday afternoon in the Campus Center.
Philadelphia—who entered Saturday's contest on a four-game winning streak—is now 11-5 overall and 5-2 against the CACC. Holy Family improves to 11-5 and 5-2 in conference play.
Sophomore forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) led the Rams' with 14 points, nine rebounds, and two steals. Sophomore guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna)—the second-best free-throw shooter in the conference—went 6-for-6 at the line on his way to a 12-point afternoon.
Senior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) grabbed a season- and game-high 10 rebounds—his first double-digit rebounding effort since coming up with 12 against Wilmington (Del.) on Feb. 23, 2013.
For Holy Family, Ervin Ezell recorded 20 points, eight steals, and seven assists—all game highs. Alberto Munoz registered 17 points and Khiry Hankins came off the bench to add 14 points.
Christian gave Philadelphia a 4-3 lead with a successful lay-up at the 15:17 mark of the first half.
Holy Family responded with a 20-4 charge over a six-minute span to take a 23-8 advantage. The Tigers went 4-of-8 on 3-point shots during the run.
A quick 7-0 Ram surge, that included five points from Gibbs and two from junior guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville), closed the gap to six (23-17) with 6:31 left in the half.
After the Tigers reestablished a 13-point cushion, Johnson and Gibbs each hit two free throws to bring the Rams with nine (30-21). Holy Family led at the break 39-26.
Christian made a second-chance basket 16 seconds into the second half to draw the Rams within 39-28. It would be the closest Philadelphia got the rest of the way.
Holy Family shot 46.7 percent (28-of-60) from the field, 42.9 percent (15-of-35) from 3-point range. Philadelphia connected on 32.0 percent (16-of-50) of its attempts.
The Rams owned a 39-37 rebounding edge.
Philadelphia returns home on Saturday, Jan. 18 to take on the University of the Sciences in a CACC tilt. Opening tip is slated for 4 p.m.